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About KMTR TV Food Recommendations Food Recommendations
The following is a list of some of the foods that we recommend and the locations that provide those foods. Every dog is different, so we do not recommend one food in particular, rather, we recommend finding a food that works well for your dog.
About KMTR TV Licensing
Every dog in the City of Eugene and unincorporated Lane County MUST be licensed when one of two things occurs: either the dog reaches the age of six months, or its permanent canine teeth emerge.

Training Your Pet

About KMTR TV Break the chain Break the chain
Using positive methods are not only kinder and gentler, but are also scientifically proven the most effective means of training your dog than using correction training.
About KMTR TV Body Language
Dogs communicate with one another using their bodies, vocalizations and some marking behaviors. There will be some variance based on individual dogs and breed characteristics, and it is important to observe the whole dog. Seek professional help if you are not sure about a behavior your dog is exhibiting.
About KMTR TV Behavior Wellness Assessment
How you raise, train, and socialize your dog, and how well you meet her behavioral needs all have a huge impact on her behavioral health. All dogs, regardless of breed, have the potential to be behaviorally healthy.
About KMTR TV What does Alpha mean?
As I write, I am reminded of a client who called me a while back because her dog was being aggressive towards people coming to her house. The dog was a fearful, medium sized (70 lb) Chesapeake Retriever who would lunge and bark at anyone entering the house.
About KMTR TV Ten Rules to Great Leadership with Your Dog or Puppy
Leadership, in short, is the ability to guide, direct or influence. Nowhere in the definition does it say "dominate," intimidate, or control, and yet over the years many dog trainers skewed and twisted the definition so out of shape a contortionist would be hard pressed to keep up.
About KMTR TV Positive Training Principles and Tips
Keep an upbeat attitude when training. Don’t train when you’re cranky! End each training session on a successful note. Did your dog do seven good sits, with the last one being really great? End the session there. Once a new behavior has been learned, incorporate it into your daily routine.
About KMTR TV Let Jumping Dogs Lie, (Or Sit!)
You may have wondered from time to time if your dog is part kangaroo the way he jumps up and down to greet you or horrified guests. And despite all your efforts to stop the jumping, your dog continues to accost your friends and family at the front door, all the while embarrassing you as you try to explain, "He's just being friendly."

Answered Pet Questions

About KMTR TV The Digging Dog
I own a 1 year old female Lab/German Sheperd mix dog. She is an excellent dog but she digs in my garden. We have tried everything. We even put up a fence around the garden but she jumped it and dug a big hole! I don't know what to do! Any ideas? Thanks!
About KMTR TV Hyperactive Dog
I have a Maltese dog who is very hyperactive. I take him for walks, but he seems to be bored & stares at me all the time to entertain him. Fortunately for him, we are retired, he has a huge yard, but prefers to be inside. He is just over 1 yr old, 10 lbs. Doesn't have an appetite- eats half a handful of food. We have no family, so it is just me mostly taking care of Buddy the bored Maltese. Any suggestions on how to wear him out and get him to eat more? The Vet said he is healthy & not to worry.
About KMTR TV Kitty Cookies
How do you keep a puppy from eating cat manure? We live in the country and we have cats and we have a new puppy. The cats are mostly outdoors and potty outside. The puppy gets turned out to potty and run and play and sometimes he will eat cat manure. What can I do?
About KMTR TV Question about Flea Treatments
Our Corgi is biting himself bad, because of the fleas, and wont let us treat him. I tried spraying him with cortisone/aloe, but he wont let me do that either.
About KMTR TV Younger Cat jumping on Older Cat
We have a 6 month old male manx (we've had him since he was 8 weeks and is recently fixed). The problem is he does this "bear jump" (jumps up like a jack rabbit) towards our 8 year old cat (which she HATES). How can I make him stop bear jumping and how can I make the older cat tolerate the younger cat?
About KMTR TV House Training
How do I get my 2 year old beagle to stop peeing in the house, he thinks outside is for play.

Pet Care News

About KMTR TV Animal hospital assistants Animal hospital assistants
If you've always enjoyed being around animals, but don't have the time or inclination to earn a veterinary degree, you might consider a career as an animal hospital assistant. Typically, this position requires no degree and no college classes. Instead, you learn through on-the-job training.
About KMTR TV Eye problems in pets
You can tell a lot about your pet's health by looking into it's eyes. Many diseases, cataracts, and infections can cause problems with your pet's eyes. Any discharge, swelling, redness, or squinting of the eyes can signal a problem.
About KMTR TV Preventing problems in pets
We rely on our pets for companionship and they rely on us for their health and safety. Older pets, like older people, have special needs that require more attention from their owners. Medical and nutritional needs often change for older pets.
About KMTR TV Exotic pet care
You've seen chimps on TV cuddling up with people, giving big kisses, and generally being adorable. What few people realize is that these sweet creatures have one thing in common: they're all babies. Once a chimp hits puberty, it becomes a completely different animal.
About KMTR TV Heart disease
Heart disease is one of the most frequent problems seen in veterinary medicine. Because heart problems can also result in poor circulation, high blood pressure and even heart failure, special attention should be paid to treating a pet with this disease. There are various forms of heart disease.
About KMTR TV Taking care of eyes and ears
Whenever you groom your cat, be sure and check its eyes and ears. Some long-haired cats often need help clearing out kitty sleep from the corners of their eyes. If the eyes appear dirty, you can clean them gently with a moist cotton swab. Use a different swab for each eye.